Durham >Food & Dining > Serena Restaurant & Bar
5311 S Miami Blvd Ste A, Durham, NC | Directions 2770335.880705 -78.849392
Favorite After Work Dinner Drink Location in RTP – This is my favorite after work restaurant and bar. I have been coming here with colleagues for almost 2 years now and the Serena staff have taken us under their wing. The bonus is that they have good food that is reasonably priced. My favorites include the grilled asparagus salad with salmon and apple sherry vinagrette, the gourmet humus, the chicken cordon bleu sandwhich, the pinchos, the meatballs, the Serena burger, the mac and cheese, the warm flourless chocolate cake, did I mention the onion rings, the fries. Okay, the dusted goat discs is a funny name, but the cheeses are good! I am also very fond of the simple yet modern decor. My favorite thing is a nice evening, a table near the little beach tree out on the patio, a glass of wine and friends. The wait staff is great and are very flexible with the menu choices. It was the perfect touch!
Creative menu, great happy hour spot – From my first outing to Serena's almost two years ago, I've enjoyed the great food and attentive, friendly service. Whether stopping by for lunch or hanging out after work, I've been met by a staff that goes out of its way to provide high quality service and create a neighborhood-like atmosphere. Favorites on the menu include the creamy tomato soup, the grilled asparagus and salmon salad (best with apple sherry dressing!) and the flourless chocolate cake. Managers Elizabeth and Maxwell strive to develop innovative dishes and incorporate feedback from customers regarding menu and beverage offerings. And their outdoor patio is a perfect place to wind down after a busy day. Serena's has been a great addition to the RTP restaurant collection!
My Favorite Lunch Place – This place has become my fave lunch spot over the last couple of months. Really good sandwiches, salads and eclectic entrees. I had the salmon yesterday, and it was fantastic.
Even when they are crowded, somehow it never feels that way... The dining area is planned out really well.
Healthy Alternative to RTP Fast Food Fare – Great place to get away from the office for lunch and avoid the usual fast food option in RTP. Offering not only soup, burgers, sandwiches and wide variety of unusual salads (to which one can add meat) but also branching out into hot entrees at fairly reasonable price range of 8 1-13 dollars. Had a delicious hot gnocchi entree recently that included wilted spinach, bacon, freshly-grated cheese and dried cherries, all tossed in spanish olive oil - different and interesting flavor combination! Wait staff and management are very pleasant, welcoming and accomodating. You order at the register and wait staff delivers your food to your table so the lunch experience does not take a great deal longer than eating in at fast food, unless you go at peak time and the dining room is very crowded. Convenient hours - open for late lunchers. Nice place for after work drink and appetizers too.
An Oasis of Fine Food in RTP. – I'm so happy to have discovered this restaurant. Lunch choices around RTP range from the mundane, to the downright inedible for the most part.This place is miles above the competition... Serena has excellent food, a friendly atmosphere, and very reasonable prices. I highly recommend the salads, and their chicken cordon bleu is one of the best I've ever had.
p.s. Try the macaroni and cheese... You won't regret it.
Fun little place – I live less than a mile from Serena but hadn't tried it out yet. I definitely put it on the spot - I placed a reservation for Valentines dinner site unseen. We were thrilled with the staff, the atmosphere, and the food. We were able to watch the NC State game, sample the awesome drink specials, and really enjoy a nice evening out. I got a salad with my meal that was fantastic. My main course was the paella - as spicy as I've ever had but very enjoyable. The dessert was recommended to us by our friendly server and she nailed it. Still working out the kinks I think, but we will be back over and over again.
I'm torn on how to rate this place.... – We came here for dinner, and left with mixed opinions. I hope that the owners, etc. will read this because I think the place has potential to be a nice place for dinner.
-The drink selections were great w.r.t. beer. They also had a blueberry mojito that was well liked by my friends.
-The server was very nice and seemed smart enough, but I think they hadn't invested the time to teach her the ropes of serving. She was not able to recommend getting more appetizers for the size of our group, and we were short on them once they came out. She also seemed to be unclear on general table timing- taking orders, clearing plates. Again, I think they should just have an experienced server give lessons to others.
-Decor was nice, and the tables were big
-Our food was ok. Appetizers were tasty. The avocado on the avocado BLT was not ripe. They also overdid the lettuce of the BLT... My scallops were pretty tasty, but not memorable. I just don't think anyone in our party was really blown away by their meal.
-Prices were reasonable.
I think if they invested some time into training staff and really cranking out good food, they could have a successful restaurant. We will try it one more time in a while, if only for the blueberry mojito.
Disappointing, undistinguished food – My friend and I ordered two appetizers and split an entree. The goat cheese discs and veggie stuffed potato skins were nothing special. Neither tasty or completely objectionable. The crab and lobster ravioli, however, were laughable. The ravioli were orange and black striped discs resting on a bed of lemon cream sauce. Orange, black, and yellow! The colors were garish and unappetizing, but the taste, the taste is another story! The filling tasted more like tuna than anything else. I was very disappointed. A complete waste of money.
To end on a positive note, the restaurant was spacious with lots of tables to move around for large groups. The location is ideal for those who work in RTP.
In regards to the Crab and Lobster ravioli we are very surprised to hear you didn't like it. This was one of our most popular dishes in 2007 and we took it off the menu only because our supplier had trouble getting enough of it to us. It'll be back in 2008 in a slightly different style because our guests have been asking for it!
If you don't like something we serve, *please* tell us when you're here. This helps us, and any other responsible restaurant, correct problems and adjust things to suite your taste. If we knew you didn't like something brought out to your table I would have gladly brought you something else!
We can say with complete confidence that we've got something on our menu you will love. So please come back and try us again!
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Great chicken sandwich with carmelized onions – Good, efficient place to have lunch, as many people already know. Very clean and spacious, you don't feel crammed in. I haven't tried it for dinner yet, but they are open for dinner and I will go back and get the salmon. I just really love the chicken sandwich with carmelized onions, even the bread is great, so I get that every time at lunch. Everything is made to order. It's a semi-service place, and the girls really move to get you your lunch quickly. There is nothing else like it that I have seen in the Triangle.
Serena Restaurant and Bar, I'm hooked now!!!!!!! – From the contemporary decor to the convenient RTP location, Serena Restaurant and Bar was a very pleasant dining experience. I ate there this week for lunch with a friend. It was my first dinning
experience there and this place absolutely exceeded my expectations. The lines were long but the courteous staff kept eager patrons moving along promptly. I had no trouble eating there during my one hour lunch break. I was delighted at the moderate prices for such appealing choices and fresh ingredients. Both my friend and I agreed that our meals where absolutely spectacular. Serena Restaurant and Bar was a much needed break from the typical fast food eateries in the area. I can't wait to return for another delicious lunch and or dinner. Parking was a little tough, but I guess that?s expected during lunch. I highly recommend this fantastic restaurant.
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